We Made Our Own Paper (From Mushrooms and Leaves)!

November 1, 2013

in Forest School Training, Forest School Workshops, News

Nature's Footprints' Paper Making Workshop - collecting mushroomsAs well as 2 days’ of Forest School First Aid, we’ve also now had the first of our monthly Continuing Professional Development workshops for Forest School Leaders and Assistants, teachers and teaching assistants (and anyone else who’s interested in learning some new outdoor skills) on paper making.

James Wood of The Foraged Book Project told us about his fantastic ongoing project to create an entire book from natural found materials, using traditional methods, and then to tour the country with it.  He then helped us make moulds for our paper making (officially known as a

Nature's Footprints' Paper Making Workshop - bashing leaves

deckle and mould), took us on a walk round the park to find suitable fungi and leaves, helped us pulp them, and then showed us how to use water baths and our moulds to make small sheets of textured handmade paper.  He also brought along a selection of foraged teas made from leaves, pollens and fungi that we could mix and sam

ple.  We had a fantastic and messy time and all left energised and inspired with a sheaf of handmade papers and our moulds (and the know-how to make more paper at home or as part of our Forest School groups).

Thank you to Friends of Beaumont Park who provided lunch (including fantastic homemade soup, chutney and cakes).

Our November and December workshops are both willow ones with Joevanka Gregory.

For further information or to book, please call Jo on 07843 673011, jo@naturesfootprints.co.uk.

Nature's Footprints Paper Making Workshop - finished moulds and paper

 

 

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